The Program is a universal adapter for all data
Similar to Voicebox but with Malcolm Gladwell and behavioral economics
"The average american story is that everything depends on the way they do it"
"In behavioral economics the brain is a little kid and the world is a series of armed guards"
I probably should have recorded audio, this delivery is killer
Last up is James Brew, CEO of Botnik, which uses technology to optimize various things, presenting a neural net trained on Pitchfork magazine to generate a Coachella poster
But actually the main thing is the predictive text interface that always exactly predicts what they're going to say. No longer limited to the phone, it's Voicebox!
Demonstrating it applied to all TED talks about computers.
You can combine different sources. Mix in talks about apes, bees
The Sustainable Family entraps the narrator and makes her work off her debt from opening a bag in the store
So she has to fill out an employment app on the phone
In the store
I dunno lol
Then she gets her health info from the same phone tree, I guess this is a company town, or possibly everyone is robots
Alexis Wright is next
Todd describes her piece, "Options Have Changed," as a "live radio thing"
She wrote it based on how much she hated interaction with automatic voice menus
She's trying to order groceries from a phone tree with crappy voice recognition
It busy signals a lot and is very eager to tell her about guarantees and stuff
Rachel then got fascinated with cell phone ads and made a couple of "exercise videos" incorporating cell phones that are really talking about how we already move our phones around, and move ourselves around them
The narrator mimics yoga mindfulness stuff in a deadpan kinda way
Next of Rachel's projects is an archiving tool that turned volunteers' Facebook posts in the week following the 2016 election into a PDF, and thence, a zine
It involved reaching out to people Rachel barely knew but was still Facebook friends with ever since age 14. And meeting in person with many of them
Making social media into something to study and consider
Facebook was...uncooperative. The tool broke a lot, got action-blocked for no reason
First featured presenter: Rachel Haberstroh
Responding to Facebook, Twitter, and Apple. Seeking ways to resist even as we adopt the technologies
A bot: @firstname.lastname@example.org retweets people saying "I wish," framing the sentiment as an actual desire whether or not it's intended that way
Unsatisfied with the feed, made it into a physical "wishing well" with a receipt printer that lets the wishes pile up on the floor and disintegrate
Last up is Andrew G
Presenting a videogame "Cells to Singularity"
It is one gigantic tech tree. Tap on the Earth to generate extropy to make the universe self organize (and get colder?)
It's an incremental game. The unlockables have names like "the moon" and "amino acids" and "DNA"... eventually the life forms generate power for you. Might learn a bit
The soundtrack includes the Blue Danube ofc
Decide the fate of humanity https://cellstosingularity.com
Showing off project for NaNoGenMo 2017, "The Average Novel"
Grabbed a bunch of Project Gutenberg text and blurred them together
There's a way of vectorizing words into numbers, coded by their meaning. So @aparrish averaged all those
It's really very repetitive
"and and and and and and and and the the the hill like and and and"
@aparrish is actually reading this aloud to us
"Hafnium ace high the epilogue" and that is the novel